With its international reputation for superior care, Florida Hospital for Children has attracted some of the best health care talent in the world to Central Florida. Highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about their practice and patients, our board-certified physicians adhere to the highest standards of excellence.
Florida Hospital for Children's Weight and Wellness initiative is made up of a multidisciplinary team including a physician specialist, nutritionist, exercise specialist and psychologist in addition to support staff. This core team will assess each individual circumstance to custom tailor a treatment program. Since overweight children are at risk for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, asthma, sleep apnea/sleep-disordered breathing, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, musculoskeletal problems and depression, we may refer patients to other subspecialists.
We believe our highly-experienced and knowledgeable team, along with our comprehensive treatment approach, will help children and families get back on track to leading a happier, healthier life.
Dr. Angela Fals
Dr. Angela Fals is the medical director of Florida Hospital for Children's Weight and Wellness program. She is a graduate of Loma Linda University Medical School and Pediatrics Residency program, California and a Board Certified pediatrician who specializes in weight management for children and adolescents. Her passion for overweight children and families led her to start a private practice consisting of a multidisciplinary team of specialists providing tailored family weight management programs in South Florida. In addition, she has actively pursued a board certification in Bariatric Medicine, allowing her the ability to deal with complex weight issues ranging from the prevention to the surgical treatment of obesity. Furthermore, Dr. Fals has been granted recognition for her award-winning blog featured on the largest online wellness community, Wellsphere. And in 2009, she was chosen to be the Childhood Obesity National Examiner for a second online health community, Examiner.com, where she provides parent readers with up-to-date child and teen obesity prevention and treatment information. Dr. Fals is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Board of Bariatric Medicine.
Her belief is that information is key to beating the obesity epidemic. Her desire to support and educate families and professionals dealing with the challenges of childhood and teen obesity have led her to provide presentations and start local community programs within school systems, children's museums, large fitness facilities, private medical practices, longevity medical centers, and church leadership training retreats. She is also a native Spanish speaker and studied French and Italian while living abroad. Her vision is that all children, teens and families will adopt and consistently practice healthy habits and active lifestyles so that they may enjoy living life to the fullest!
Dr. Indira Abraham-Pratt
Dr. Abraham-Pratt is a licensed psychologist who focuses on the psychological aspects contributing to a child’s weight management problem, improving self-esteem and overall mental health. She works in tandem with Dr. Fals and the medical team at Florida Hospital for Children to provide a comprehensive weight management and lifestyle program. Dr. Pratt uses a culturally sensitive approach to examine the biopsychosocial factors that affect child and family functioning, helping her patients gain control of their weight and make healthy lifestyle choices.
Michael Woodall, BS, ASCM-CPT
Michael Woodall is an on-staff exercise physiologist at Center for Child & Family Wellness who works with patients and their families to integrate healthy exercise habits into their respective lifestyles.
Chris Schnell, RD, LD
Chris is a registered and licensed dietitian with comprehensive knowledge of nutrition as it relates to health and disease prevention. He has extensive experience with assessing and developing appropriate nutrition intervention strategies for both the maternal and pediatric population.